Beauty Buster: Apple Cider Vinegar

By Jadée Nikita

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One of my personal favorite beauty buys on a dime is definitely apple cider vinegar.  The other day, I heard some girls talking on the subway about getting shiner locks by using an apple cider vinegar + water rinse after shampooing and right before conditioning.  So, I went home, did some investigating of my own on the web for the perfect water to vinegar ratio mix, then put the rumor to the test.  I have to say, I was a bit hesitant at first because of the overpowering odor, but after rinsing it out I didn’t smell a trace of vinegar in my hair.  I was very pleased with the results!  The mixture left my hair shiny and healthier looking.  Here’s why:

  • Apple cider vinegar helps restore the hair’s pH balance because it has a similar acidity level as natural hair.  ACV has a pH balance of 3 and hair stands between 4.5-5.5.  Water has a pH balance of 7 so when you are creating your own mixture you want to add enough H2O to bring the acidity level up to 4.
  • ACV is a natural germ killer and cleaning agent for dry scalp
  • Serves as a conditioner that can remove buildup on the scalp and follicles from daily hair products and alkaline-containing shampoos.
  • ACV seals the hair cuticle which reflects light, resulting in smooth, shiny, and untangled strands.

Rinse Recipe:

1 part Water

1 part Apple Cider Vinegar

How to Use:

Mix the two above ingredients together in a bottle of your choice (spray bottle is even better), and take into the shower with you.  After shampooing, apply mixture to hair starting at root and spreading evenly to the ends.  Massage into hair and leave on for a few minutes.  Rinse, and voila!  You don’t even need to condition your hair.

Other Uses:

Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for restoring your skins complexion and natural moisturizers.  Like your hair, your skin has a naturally acidic pH balance of 5.5.  When we apply certain beauty products with alkaline pH levels higher than 7, they strip away our natural moisturizers and cause serious dryness and complexion problems.  Who’s wants that?  ACV can prove to be a fabulous all natural and affordable skin and face toner (1 part ACV + 2 parts H2O).

Cover photo via Muscle Primer 
Sources: Huffington Post, Black Girl Long Hair

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